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Old 09-30-2008, 04:15 PM   #1
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Default Dealing with pain while playing

So pretty much I'm wondering what preventative measures and measure on the fly I can take to prevent bad pains.

My main problem area is my left shin. I have a weak left ankle which always bugs me after a few mins of play but afterabout an hour of playing a match the pain shifts to the innerside of my left leg. I was wondering if there was anything I could do to prevent or at least delay the sharp pain till later as this effects my game. Would putting like an Icyhot patch on my leg help? Or wrapping it beforehand like you see the pro's doing.


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Old 09-30-2008, 06:19 PM   #2
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Modern medicine. One Aleve before stepping on court. One immediately after.

But remember, I'm an old fart (although I didn't need drugs before I had kids Sometimes a nice Manhattan before a Sunday afternoon practice went down well ).

Seriously, though, OTC drugs can be quite helpful...just don't overdo it...or use them to continually mask an injury.
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Default Re: Dealing with pain while playing

The past few times I've played I took like 2 advil before and noticed it helped the ankle pain alot but the shin one really got me still

(of course I think I really messed it up last time as its taken about a week and a half to feel better) Do you think on of those patches during play would help or would I be wasting my money?
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I can talk with real knowledge about playing with pain. I've been dealing with shoulder muscular pain for about 3-4 months. I'm gettin' rid of it just now with physio, but I still play through pain. I'd say sometimes it bugs me a lot, especially when I have to hit overheads. The serve is also weaker and I'm hitting a considerable number of DFs because of it. Even if I wanna go for it, I still feel that sting when I have to accelerate the racket. It's mentally exhausting, knowing it gets worse the more you play, but it also makes you adapt. At least I feel nothing when I'm through baseline exchanges and net approaches.

I hope that during the next 3-4 weeks I can get rid of it.

I'd say anti-inflammatories are the best way to go for chronic pains. I've taken even Arcoxia (with prescription of course), but it was heavy on the kidneys, so I stopped after the time required by the doc.
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Default Re: Dealing with pain while playing

I would try to not worry about it if it's not that bad. But if it is, don't wrap something unless its killing you, literally. Its okay to wrap it if you wrap it every time, but if you get pain in a 3rd set of a serious match and your not use to wrapping things, don't.
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